The New York Police Department shut down three blocks of Madison Avenue in New York City Friday evening. It’s reported the police activity the NYPD described was a shooting at a party for rapper Takahsi69 who received no jail time in his child sex abuse case.
Police do not name anyone, but in a update posted to Twitter Friday night at around 8:30, the NYPD explained what occurred, while noting the investigation was “in its early stages.”
NYPD Deputy Inspector Kathleen Walsh, commanding officer of the 19th precinct, said that an “individual” came to Phillipe Chow to dine and had with him private security at around 6 p.m. She said “some males tried to enter the restaurant and were denied by the private security. These males came back a short time later and struck one of the private security guards over the head with a chair. This security guard produced a licensed handgun and fired two times striking one of the individuals in the torso. This individual was removed to an area hospital where he’s being treated.”
She said the 19th precinct detective squad is investigating, walking the crime scene, looking for video and talking to witnesses.
Earlier Friday, The Shade Room quoted the NYPD saying the shooting “took place at Madison Ave & E 59th St allegedly near Philippe Chow. Sources says there were no fatalities but at least one person was hit.”
Sources told The Shade Room the person shot was one of the rapper’s security detail.
TMZ reported “gunfire erupted” at the party to celebrate 6ix9ine avoiding a prison bid instead getting 4 years probation in his child sex case.
The tabloid reported Tekashi was with his record label when a bodyguard for the label executive “turned away 69’s entourage, saying the only person who could come into the restaurant was Tekashi himself. Tekashi’s security said hell no, and an argument erupted.”
TMZ reported that “a third party walked up and fired 4 shots, hitting Tekashi’s bodyguard in the stomach. The bodyguard was taken to the hospital.” Tekashi was reportedly not involved.
The Shade Room reported that rapper Alexis Sky was also at the restaurant. She posted to Instagram Friday afternoon but has not updated fans, many of whom asked if she was ok.
Tekashi69 posted this image to IG late Friday afternoon, likely just before the shooting.
Tekashi, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was facing up to three years in prison and possible sex offender registration in his case. He was sentenced to serve probation for violating a plea deal made in his 2015 case for using an underage girl in a sex performance. This plea deal, four years of probation rather than three years behind bars came with a bonus: no sex offender registration.
It’s not clear if the incident could be interpreted as a probation violation. According to Page Six, Judge Felicia Mennin said the rapper’s probation violations were technicalities and that he’s done charity work that, on balance, outweighed the complaint against him.
The case involves him posting a video a 13-year-old girl engaged in a sex act. He was also sentenced to perform 1,000 hours of community service by Mennin. The judge also “granted him youthful offender status, which will seal his criminal record,” it was reported.
Prosecutors weren’t happy. It was argued that he’s repeatedly violated the terms of his no-jail plea deal from ’15. The rapper is 22, he was 19 at the time of the arrest. Prosecutors wanted him to serve jail time for getting arrested in January of 2018 for allegedly choking a teenage fan, and in May of this year, he was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license and assaulting a police officer.
This is a developing story.